Of course the Council must allow the KKK to hold a peaceful rally in our city. The freedoms of speech and assembly in the Bill of Rights mean all our citizens have the right to gather and express themselves. All of us should zealously protect these rights. If only those groups approved by the majority of citizens are allowed to rally, then we have only privileges, not rights. And privileges can be taken away. So, I wholeheartedly endorse their right to a peaceful rally.
And I will wholeheartedly ignore them. Since I am Christian, the day of their rally is Holy Saturday for me. I intend to spend that day as I ordinarily would—with prayers, with family, watching basketball (go Tigers go!), and maybe dyeing Easter eggs. My encouragement to my fellow Memphians is to do the same. Whatever your faith tradition calls you to do on such a day, do it wisely and well. Those of us who are Christian should prepare for our holiest day by giving our attention to what God has done. In a world filled with hate, violence, and death, God has displayed the power of love and life in the resurrection of Jesus. Let us spend the day preparing our hearts to receive the joyful Easter message once again.
If the KKK chooses to spend their day dressed in Halloween costumes and spewing hate-filled, violent words, well, so be it. But let’s not give them one minute of our day. Don’t fight with them, don’t heckle them, indeed don’t be there and don’t watch. Give them no audience, no response at all. Treat the rally as if it cannot affect us, because in fact it cannot unless we allow it.